Regina Police are hoping a new gun amnesty program announced Wednesday, will help reduce the amount of gun crime in the city and keep firearms of the street.
From now until February 15, Reginans are being given an opportunity to turn in unwanted firearms, replica firearms and ammunition with no worries of being charged.
Those doing so are also being given a one month bus pass or an adult leisure path.
Police chief Evan Bray said there are several reasons for doing this with the biggest one being to reduce gun crime.
Bray said many are apprehensive to come in and say they have a gun because of repercussions they may face, so they are providing this amnesty program as a way to get rid of it with no questions asked.
In 2016, there were 141 violent offences involving a firearm, which is a 94-per-cent increase over the five-year average. Over that same period, 343 firearms were seized, 31 per cent more than the five-year average. In addition, 55 firearms were reported stolen last year, up from 35 in 2015.
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Regina police are asking people to phone police to have them come to your residence to pick up firearms, ammunition or other things like bear spray as they do not want anyone bringing weapons to police headquarters for obvious reasons.
Mayor Michael Fougere also said the city is in full support of the program.
Police will also have free transit passes and passes to local leisure centres for those who report unwanted firearms.